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Pistol Opera (2001)
 6.4
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Pistol Opera (2001)
Original name: ピストルオペラ
Genre: Crime, Action, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 112 min.
Story: As one of Suzuki's last fims, it is related to his 1967 Branded to Kill, either as a remake or sequel. The plots of both films involve a third-ranked hit man deposing the top-ranked hit man to claim the top rank.
Style: atmospheric, offbeat, serious, realistic, surreal, stylized, psychedelic, avant garde
Plot: surrealism, assassin, crimes, hitman, contests and competitions, crime, assassination attempt, danger, femme fatale, chases and races, deadly, rivalry, assassination, avant-garde, hell, yakuza, gun, female assassin, waterfall, grandmother granddaughter relationship, nude girl, masked woman, wheelchair, pistol, wig ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, suspenseful and rough films with plots about crimes, crime, rivalry, deadly, danger, hitman and gangsters mostly in Action, Drama and Crime genres. Some movies like Pistol Opera: Like a Dragon (2007), The Woman Sharper (1963), Branded to Kill (1967), Beyond Outrage (2012), Tokyo Drifter (1966). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Like a Dragon (2007)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: Japan, South Korea
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Former Yakuza underling Kiryu Kazuma, who has recently been released from prison after a lengthy incarceration, and is trying to piece his life together and distance himself from his Yakuza past. Unfortunately Kiryu's problems slowly escalate ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, stylized, realistic, rough ...
Plot: yakuza, criminal heroes, gangsters, criminal's revenge, deadly, heroes, track down, law enforcement, crime, crimes, chases and races, vengeance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
The Woman Sharper (1963)
Genre: Action, Crime
Country: Japan
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Handsome young Katsuta tries to follow the yakuza code, but even his boss doesn't believe in it. Diamond Fuyu is less ethical, and allows the idiotic Tetsu to trick a schoolgirl he fancies, Hanako, into a type of bonded prostitution. Because of ...
Style: stylized, suspenseful, serious, realistic, offbeat
Plot: gambling, yakuza, crime, mysterious character, crimes, criminal heroes, gang, uninhibited rivalry, rivalry, femme fatale, danger, dishonesty ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
Branded to Kill (1967)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 91 min.
Story: After botching his latest assignment, a third-ranked Japanese hit man becomes the target of another assassin.
Style: dark humor, suspenseful, serious, stylized, atmospheric ...
Plot: hitman, assassination, organized crime, assassin, on the run, assassination attempt, deadly, rivalry, crimes, chases and races, change of luck, crime ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
Japanese Summer: Double Suicide (1967)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A sex-obsessed young woman, a suicidal young man she meets on the street, a gun-crazy wannabe gangster—these are just three of the irrational, oddball anarchists trapped in an underground hideaway in Oshima’s devilish, absurdist portrait of what ...
Style: serious, stylized, atmospheric, tense, realistic ...
Plot: killing spree, isolation, hitman, violence spree, crimes, crime, obsession, gangsters, sex addict, death wish, mini skirt, bleeding to death ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
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Beyond Outrage (2012)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 112 min.
Story: As the police launch a full-scale crackdown on organized crime, it ignites a national yakuza struggle between the Sanno of the East and Hanabishi of the West. What started as an internal strife in Outrage has now become a nationwide war in Outrage ...
Style: realistic, rough, serious, tense, surprise ending
Audience: boys' night
Plot: yakuza, elimination, criminal's revenge, gory, gangsters, deadly, crime, violence spree, crimes, criminal heroes, danger, law enforcement ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
Tokyo Drifter (1966)
Genre: Action, Crime
Country: Japan
Duration: 89 min.
Story: After yakuza boss Kurata dissolves his own criminal empire, a rival kingpin offers a position to Kurata's top operative, Tetsuya "Phoenix Tetsu" Hondo. When the fiercely loyal Tetsu declines, Otsuka taps unstoppable Tatsuzo the ...
Style: offbeat, stylized, atmospheric, serious, dark humor ...
Plot: nightclub, betrayal, bar fight, yakuza, hitman, heroes, dishonesty, going straight, crimes, uninhibited rivalry, friends, criminal heroes ...
Time: 1960s, 60s, 20th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 4.8
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Rain Fall (2009)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A hit man looks to protect the daughter of one of his victims against CIA assassins.
Style: rough, realistic, exciting, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, rivalry, law enforcement, crime, chases and races, crimes, tough heroes, dishonesty, deadly, danger, police officer, conspiracy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, japan, asia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 7.0
 2K
On the Job (2013)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Philippines
Duration: 118 min.
Story: On The Job is about the ambitions and passions of four men trying to make a living, for themselves and their families. It shows the parallels between two prison inmates who are contract killers, and the two agents of the law investigating the ...
Style: suspenseful, stylized, serious, exciting, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crimes, crime, in-laws, honest law enforcer, corrupt law enforcer, assassination, hitman, criminal heroes, chases and races, danger, urban, dishonesty ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, the philippines, manila philippines
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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Black Angel Vol. 1 (1998)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Tokyo is a dark technopolis, a city of faceless chrome and cold marble. It is ruled by Nogi, a yakuza boss specializing in drugs and murder. He gained absolute power by executing the former boss and marrying his daughter, Chiaki. Only the mysterious ...
Style: rough, realistic, exciting, serious, stylized ...
Plot: femme fatale, girls with guns, rape and revenge, destiny, danger, crime, mysterious character, uninhibited rivalry, hitman, rivalry, chase, urban ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 6.1
 2K
Headshot (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Thailand, France
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A hitman named Tul is shot in the head during an assignment. When he wakes up from a two month coma Tul discovers that he literally sees everything upside down.
Style: exciting, tense, suspenseful, serious, atmospheric ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, secret movement, honest law enforcer, crimes, chase, rivalry, neo noir, crime, chases and races, life turned upside down, danger, deadly ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: thailand, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Return of the Street Fighter (1974)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 73 min.
Story: Martial artist Takuma Tsurugi returns to take on a Yakuza family that may be embezzling money from charities to finance their own operations. Both the police and the Yakuza find themselves battling Tsurugi, but Tsurugi's fight ultimately is ...
Style: realistic, suspenseful, serious, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, hitman, gang, on the run, vengeance, rivalry, tough heroes, undercover, deadly, fighting crime, criminal's revenge, danger ...
Time: 70s
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 6.4
 221
The Waiter (2010)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A man travels through corporate corruption and his own sin to find his soul.
Style: exciting, captivating, realistic, serious, bleak ...
Plot: hitman, wind, headband, battles, deadly, heroes, dishonesty, danger, crimes, crime, rivalry, semiautomatic pistol ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 5.0
 2K
Stiletto (2008)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: The seemingly random killings of an assassin puzzle her former lover, a wealthy Greek crime boss whose organization is jeopardized by his love for her, and the detective following her rising body count
Style: rough, realistic, suspenseful, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, assassin, vengeance, crime, crimes, betrayal, dishonesty, deadly, gangsters, criminal's revenge, tough heroes, police investigation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 7.4
 400
The Wolves (1971)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 131 min.
Story: After going to prison for killing the boss of the Kanno gang, Seji Iwahashi (Tatsuya Nakadai) gets released early -- only to find that his former gang has merged with the Kannos. But with bitter resentments lingering on both sides, how long will it ...
Style: atmospheric, stylized, suspenseful, serious, rough ...
Plot: gang, yakuza, rivalry, deadly, dishonesty, gangsters, heroes, murder, society, crimes, crime, tough heroes ...
Time: 20th century, 20s, 1920s
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 4.6
 897
The Killer (2006)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: India
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A cold-blooded contract killer hires the services of a cab driver for a full night. He forces the driver to go around Dubai as he keeps finishing off witnesses scheduled to testify against a gangster.
Style: serious, suspenseful, rough, realistic, exciting ...
Plot: hitman, deadly, danger, showbiz, hostages, crime, chases and races, crimes, taxi, falling through a window, assassin, love interest ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, india, dubai
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 5.6
 2K
Tell (2014)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Ethan Tell is a small time crook who makes a big-time score when he steals 1 million dollars. Ironically, his life radically changes for the worst when he discovers that stealing the money was the easy part and he now must keep his partner, his ...
Style: exciting, serious, suspenseful, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: danger, on the run, rivalry, dishonesty, going straight, chases and races, crime, crimes, criminal heroes, life turned upside down, heist
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 6.9
 2K
The Five (1995)
Genre: Action, Drama, Crime
Country: Japan
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Five men plot to steal a large sum of money from the local yakuza, but everything does not go as planned and the men find themselves hunted down by contract killers
Style: rough, serious, suspenseful, stylized, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, murder, gang, gangsters, uninhibited rivalry, cons and scams, crime gone awry, drug dealing, tough heroes, heist, crime, crimes ...
Time: 90s
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 6.4
 427
Golgo 13 (1977)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Japan, Hong Kong
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Duke Togo (codename: Golgo 13) is a ruthless assassin who's accepted a tricky assignment from an American drug syndicate. His mission is to "rub out" Hong Kong's underworld kingpin. His main obstacle is the relentless Detective ...
Style: realistic, exciting, serious, stylized, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, hitman, assassination, karate, sniper, assassin, rifle, government agency, gangsters, dishonesty, rivalry, danger ...
Time: 70s
Place: hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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Dead or Alive (1999)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Ryūichi and his small gang of Triad vie for control of the Japanese underworld in a crime-ridden Shinjuku quarter while Detective Jojima tries to bring it down. Jojima attempts to start a gang war between the Triad and yakuza. Ryūichi and Jojima ...
Style: stylized, psychological, rough, suspenseful, atmospheric ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: massacre, stripper, yakuza, gangsters, vengeance, gory, crime, chases and races, contests and competitions, crimes, gays and lesbians, surgery ...
Time: 90s
Place: taiwan, japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 7.1
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Samurai Spy (1965)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Years of warfare end in a Japan unified under the Tokugawa shogunate, and samurai spy Sasuke Sarutobi, tired of conflict, longs for peace. When a high-ranking spy named Tatewaki Koriyama defects from the shogun to a rival clan, however, the world of ...
Style: realistic, stylized, serious, suspenseful, exciting
Plot: samurai, espionage, chases and races, adventure, secret agents, heroic mission, escapades, crimes, war, lone wolves, uninhibited rivalry, rivalry ...
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 4.7
 2K
Kidnap (2008)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: India, China
Duration: 135 min.
Story: A fortnight before her eighteenth birthday, Sonia goes missing. Her family receives a call informing them that she has been kidnapped and her estranged father, a US-based businessman, must now follow the kidnapper’s instructions to the letter if ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, exciting
Plot: kidnapping, chase, woman in danger, crime, hostages, family relations, chases and races, confined, crimes, parents and children, vengeance, bollywood ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, india
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart in the Land of Demons (1973)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 89 min.
Story: In the fifth film of the Lone Wolf and Cub series, Ogami Itto is challenged by five warriors, each has one fifth of Ogami's assassin fee and one fifth of the information he needs to complete his assassination.
Style: epic, realistic, captivating, exciting, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, martial arts, heroes, dishonesty, cult, rivalry, escapades, lone wolves, deadly, gory, danger, drifter ...
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 5.4
 1K
Montana (2014)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 108 min.
Story: In the mean streets of London's East End, a former Serbian commando and a fourteen-year old boy plot revenge against a powerful crime lord and his ruthless lieutenants. As our heroes prepare to take on their enemies, the boy is mentored in the ...
Style: stylized, suspenseful, serious, exciting, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: haunted by the past, vengeance, gangsters, master criminal, deadly, coming of age, hitman, rivalry, youth, urban, power relations, teaching the ways of the world ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: london, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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 5.2
 350
The Bodyguard (1976)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Karate master and anti-drug vigilante Chiba returns to his home in Japan, where he holds a press conference announcing his intention to wipe out the nation's drug industry. He also offers his services as a bodyguard to anyone who is willing to ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, exciting, rough, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, one man army, karate, dishonesty, gangsters, heroes, fighting crime, deadly, vigilantism, danger, rivalry, tough heroes ...
Time: 70s
Place: new york, usa, japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.4
 1K
Hindsight (2011)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Retired mob boss Du-heon enrolls in a cooking class with the hopes of making a fresh start as a restaurant owner. In the class he meets a quirky girl, Se-bin, and finds himself drawn to her. Despite his determination to wipe the slate clean, Du-heon ...
Style: sexy, exciting, suspenseful, serious, realistic
Plot: restaurant, friendship, assassin, cooking, crimes, romance, crime, rivalry, gangsters, criminal's revenge, deadly, assassination ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Legend of the Wolf (1997)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Wolf (Donnie Yen) is a war veteran who recounts the tale of his legendary youth to a young upstart killer (Edmond Leung). Flashback to a post-World War 2 time when the young Wolf (Yen) is wandering the Chinese countryside in search of his missing ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, stylized
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, deadly, heroes, dishonesty, track down, gangsters, vengeance, assassination attempt, undercover, criminal's revenge, chases and races, hitman ...
Place: hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman (1989)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 116 min.
Story: This 26th film installment of the Zatoichi series sees Shintaro Katsu return to this classic role after a 10 year hiatus. The blind masseur Ichi gets caught between rival Yakuza clans.
Style: rough, exciting, captivating, tense, stylized ...
Plot: samurai, martial arts, crimes, master warrior, escapades, adventure, crime, lone wolves, rivalry, gory, heroes, gangsters ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Fulltime Killer (2001)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Professional assassin O has resided in an isolated world of killing and loneliness. But his life begins to change once he meets the innocent Chin; hired to clean O's apartment. However, soon the flamboyent and reckless Tok enters Chin's ...
Style: stylized, tense, suspenseful, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, rivalry, danger, police detective, police, crime, interpol, love triangle, deadly, law enforcement, criminal heroes, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: hong kong, asia, japan, singapore, macau ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 4.4
 20K
Setup (2011)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A group of friends plan out a detailed heist that turns deadly when one betrays the other by taking off with the goods. Taking matters into his own hands, Sonny seeks out his revenge teaming up with the most dangerous mob boss in town to get back ...
Style: realistic, exciting, rough, suspenseful, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, danger, gangsters, dishonesty, criminal heroes, crimes, chases and races, crime gone awry, betrayal, crime, prisoner, partners ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: detroit, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
American Brawler (2013)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A martial arts instructor must enter the world of illegal pit fighting in order to save his family and his dojo.
Style: realistic, suspenseful, serious, rough
Plot: martial arts, contests and competitions, crime, crimes, ambition, reunion, dishonesty, rivalry, battle, mixed martial arts, underground fighting, fight ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%